I opted not to play to the romance author cliché yesterday when I refrained from posting something romancy for Valentine’s Day.
That move – coupled with my reference to some “challenging stuff” in yesterday’s post – apparently caused some of you to fret that my gentleman friend
smart and fled for the hills chose to end our romantic liaison. The
concerned tweets and emails I got from blog readers touched me almost as much
as he did yesterday, which is impressive.
For the record, he’s still very much a part of my life
I chained him to my headboard and he can’t escape.
I woke up Valentine’s morning and rolled over to gaze at one of my favorite parts of his body.
Knock it off, perverts – I’m talking about his shoulders.
I could study those shoulders for hours. Hell, I have studied those shoulders for hours, tracing their contours, counting the freckles, tickling them with my eyelashes to see if he’ll wake up.
(For the record, he won’t. I could drive a front-end loader over his head and he wouldn’t wake up. It’s another thing I find charming about him, since I never fret I’ll wake him with my reading lamp at 3 a.m.)
I’ve been working on the next episode of Getting Dumped in recent weeks. For those who haven’t read it yet, it’s an “interactive fiction” title with choice points that allow readers to pick among potential love interests for the heroine.
Sort of a choose-your-own-adventure with dump trucks and steamy groping.
I originally wrote the story four years ago, but rewrote it several times after that based on editorial suggestions and the eventual choose-your-own-adventure twist.
The upside of working on a novel over a long period of time is that I know the characters intimately. While crafting scenes for two of the love interests on Monday, I didn’t have to pause and mull what Pete might do to comfort JJ in her time of need.
He’d take her out for cheesecake – duh – because she always cares for others with food, and it's time someone did the same for her.
I didn’t need to spend time considering what gesture Collin might make to completely curl JJ’s toes.
He’d smile – duh – because he does it so rarely that she knows it means something when it happens.
It’s the little gestures, personality quirks, and physical traits that make characters unique and charming and relatable either for readers or in real life.
The fact that my gentleman friend sings while he works, crinkles his eyes when he smiles, and engulfs me in the biggest, warmest bear hugs I’ve ever known are all the little things that routinely charm the socks off me.
And maybe a few other articles of clothing as well.
What are the little physical features or personality quirks you find most endearing in your favorite book characters or human companions? Please share!
And rest assured, my Valentine’s Day was delightful. Quite.